|Belgrade Airport to complete terminal expansion by August 2016|
The multi million euro expansion of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport’s Terminal 2 building will begin this December and is scheduled for completion by August 2016. The 15.2 million euro project is being touted as the airport’s first greenfield investment in years. The new wing of the terminal (pictured) will be sphere-shaped and made of steel. Furthermore, it will feature a round roof and a glass exterior. “Along with the façade, a grand atrium will be constructed and the entire building will stretch over 11.000 square metres”, the airport’s Managing Director, Saša Vlaisavljević, says. The new part of the terminal will also feature large areas for commercial space, such as a duty free, shops and restaurants. Mr Valisavljević sees this as an opportunity for the airport to significantly boost its revenue.
The new part of the two-level terminal will also feature passenger boarding bridges, primarily intended for larger, wide-body aircraft. Two common waiting lounges will also be built, with the waiting room on the upper floor equipped with four jet bridges (four parking position for single-aisle aircraft or two for wide-body jets), while the second, ground floor lounge, will have four gates from which passengers will be bussed to remote stands. The upper level will be reachable by both elevators and escalators. A contractor has already been chosen and the airport expects to be granted all necessary permits by November, in order for construction to begin a month later. “It is obvious that air traffic is booming in our country, and this trend is still on the rise”, the Managing Director says, adding that the new wing of the terminal will boost capacity.
Mr Vlaisavljević also notes, “We have to contemplate airport capacities at least several years ahead. Existing infrastructure capacities are sufficient for the current volume of traffic, but responsible business operation entails the timely preparation for expansion”. He adds, “I would point out that Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will develop its infrastructure, while at the same time purchase equipment with the aim of developing both technically and technologically. This means that, apart from the adaptation and expansion of infrastructural capacities, the airport will constantly be modernised". The expansion of its Terminal 2 building and the ongoing overhaul of its Terminal 1 facility is part of a wider, forty million euro, push to expand the airport’s capacity by 35%.
Future look of new Terminal 2 wing